Views from a Ridge

Cynthia B. Astle

  • Puerto Rico Methodists

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    Puerto Rico Needs Our Help and Understanding

    Facing unequal response because of racism, Puerto Rico needs United Methodists to hold U.S. officials accountable for providing the same level of aid given to Americans recovering from other recent disasters. more

  • American Jesus

    Time to Topple the False God

    America worships a false god – the gun – and it's time to topple the idol that has received too many human sacrifices, writes Cynthia B. Astle more


Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • Hands On Parsons

    Photo by David Burke, Great Plains Conference

    Hands On Parsons: Churches help clean community

    Only the morning dew on park benches proved uncooperative as members of three United Methodist churches in Parsons, Kansas, gathered to worship before spreading out to serve, writes David Burke of the Great Plains Annual Conference in an article for the Parsons Sun online. The third annual Hands on Parsons, a town of about 10,000 in southeast Kansas, included volunteers from Faith, Hamilton Chapel and Wesley churches. more

  • Va. Klan Rally Thwarted

    Photo by Michael Cheuk via UMNS

    Havre de Grace church takes public stand against hate

    The Baltimore Sun reports that "the general troubling, turbulent times of recent weeks and months" prompted leaders of Harve de Grace United Methodist Church to make a public declaration against hate. The Rev. Norman Obenshain, pastor, said the resolution was inspired by a similar action by the Illinois State Senate. The resolution says, in part: “Resolved, that we strongly denounce and oppose the manifest intimidation, violent terrorism, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies being promoted and executed by multiple groups across this country.” more